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One of the biggest questions facing environmental thought today is how to greet the Anthropocene, the proposed name for the current geologic era that is shaped by humans rather than ice or asteroids. Should we embrace this manhandled world as inevitable, or should we spend dollars and time trying to preserve untouched lands and rebuild stressed ecosystems?


In the early 1970s, scientists were beginning to connect the dots between overpopulation and diminished human well-being...



Jaime Lerner talked with Brian Lehrer about pinpricks of urbanism in New York City and cities around the world.



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The co-authors of The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change joined Locus Focus to talk about how to find humor in a grim topic like climate change—and why.



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The reviewer wrote, "...this book is a welcome retrospective of what he and others have learned about jaguars so far, and what's being done for them now."



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New Scientist called the book "a riveting tale of environmental success and National Geographic featured an interview with author Alan Rabinowitz.



The reviewer wrote, "I read everything Rabinowitz writes – he is a gifted storyteller and accomplished researcher. I recommend all his books. This is his best. It’s hard to read this book and not reach the conclusion that the jaguar is flat-out one of the coolest animals to walk this planet. And there’s no one better to tell its story than Alan Rabinowitz."



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The Scientist featured an essay by author Emily Monosson, as well as an excerpt from her new book, Unnatural Selection.



Praise for the first edition:

"Public Produce is a wonderful primer for students, planners, designers, and activists for food security and urban produce. Nordahl's personal and down-to-earth style will educate and inspire the average citizen interested in food policy or urban design, and his expertise in urban issues will give clarity to professional planners and designers on this complex subject."




Washington, DC (September 29, 2014) – With the complexities involved in tackling complicated issues like climate change, income inequality, urban sustainability, or economic development, today’s nonprofits and other types of organizations face unprecedented challenges in improving their impact and leverage over key social problems. But with the rise of online social networks and technology making it easier than ever to connect, organizations and individuals are discovering that by...



"In his most recent book, Blue Urbanism, Beatley examines the tight fit between cities and their nearby oceans, which includes everything from waste management to transportation to storm surge, and lays out a blueprint for how cities can help solve the problems of the oceans. “If we’re going to save oceans and save ourselves, it has to be driven by cities and the leadership of those living in cities.”